Hotel at a Glance: Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center
Located about 1 mile from Branson’s main strip on Highway 76, this hotel offers a relaxing-and-fun home base for enjoying the city’s many attractions, shops, and restaurants. The hotel takes its name seriously: it features real stone turrets that look like they were plucked straight from a fairy tale, as well as a scenic gazebo area with a pond and a drawbridge. Despite these fun medieval flourishes outside, guests will find nothing but modern comforts inside, including pillow-top mattresses and free WiFi.
- Catch a show: All options come with tickets to the Jim Stafford Theatre, which can be used to see Jim Stafford, Taylor Reed, Bluegrass Remedy & Heartland Country. Tickets must be picked up from Wildwood Mini Golf at 200 S Wildwood Dr., Branson, MO 65616.
- Practice your swing: All options come with Wildwood Indoor mini-golf passes.
- Free hot breakfast with scrambled eggs, biscuits with sausage gravy, and oatmeal
- Relax after a long day in one of the two indoor pools and hot tubs.
- Keep kids entertained with video games, pinball, and air hockey in the hotel’s arcade.
- Massages and mani-pedis at the hotel’s partnering spa, BodyWorks Day Spa and Salon, which is a short walk away.
Branson, Missouri: Family-Friendly Theaters and Concert Halls in the Ozarks
If you take a drive through the Ozarks in Missouri, it might seem like an unlikely place to find glittering lights and stage shows—for the most part, it’s a rolling plateau of wooded hills, snaking rivers, and limestone bluffs. But follow down Route 76 and you’ll find Branson, which looks like a miniature, more family-friendly version of Las Vegas. Dozens of stages and music halls line Branson’s main strip, some of which are owned by stars such as Dolly Parton. On any given night you can watch anything from country music performances to circus acrobatics to magic shows.
If you’re traveling with kids, Silver Dollar City is a safe bet; it’s located about 5 miles west of the strip. The popular theme park is built around Marvel Cave and modeled after an 18th-century frontier town. Here you can hop on a mine-car roller coaster and take a tour by lantern through limestone caverns.